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Crime Summit set in Little Rock

The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits, the City of Little Rock and nearly 30 summit partners will host the 2013 Crime Summit to address violent crime in Pulaski County and adjacent counties on Aug. 15 - 19 in Little Rock.

This summit is free to the public. The objective of the summit is to engage a wide array of Arkansans from across the state in results-oriented discussions and workshops designed to respond to epidemic of violent crime and racial profiling. In sessions on “Law Enforcement/Legal,” “Education/Economic Justice,” Healthcare/Public Health,” and “Community Safety”, participants will define the problem(s), determine skills, training and resources needed to address the problem(s), and determine action steps. The Summit will begin with parent and youth forums, followed by a law-enforcement roundtable, a community town hall meeting, and conclude with a full day of plenary sessions and concurrent workshops. Events will be held a multiple venues in Little Rock.

“Like any deeply entrenched challenge, pervasive crime has deep roots. It is up to all of us as a community to address the causes and the systemic failures that perpetuate cycles of crime,” commented Senator Joyce Elliott.

Conference speakers will include Bryan A. Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (Invited, Congressman Tim Griffin, Arkansas’s Second District; Attorney General Dustin McDaniel; Senators Joyce Elliott and Linda Chesterfield; Representative Fred Love; City Manager Bruce Moore; Major Henry Lamar, AR State Police; numerous community activist groups; and county, city and state officials, state and national government enforcement agents, former judges, faith and community-based leaders and will focus on crime issues affecting Arkansans and the nation.

“This year’s summit will explore current laws and legal procedures, individual rights and responsibilities focus on the identification of community needs and available community resources,” said Susie Marks, Board President to the Women’s Council on African American Affairs, Inc. and VP Programs for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. “Community residents will work with law enforcement agencies to identify and develop best practices and next steps.”

About Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits

The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits is a project of the Women’s Council on African American Affairs, Inc. and was created to assist victims of violent crimes and terminal illnesses and their affected families to improve the quality of their economic and social environment, transition back into the workforce and to provide for self-sufficiency. Their mission is to promote and nurture individuals in areas of education, economic and community development, healthcare issues, public safety and race relations. Learn more about the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits at hhscenter.org.

For reservations and information call (501) 372-3800 or log on hhscenter.org

For more information about other Center services, contact Joyce Raynor at 501-372-3800 or joyce.raynor@sbcglobal.net.